The Southern Indiana Writers Group went to That Book Place in Madison Indiana for a booksigning. Okay, Spell Checker, for a book signing, if you insist in making two words out of it. Anyway, we went up last month and took multiple copies of our books to leave. Frank and Dan, the store guys, put up an end-cap (that’s a display at the end of an aisle, for those of you without relatives in the retail biz) and a poster. They advertised locally, put it in their store newsletter, and made sure all their regulars knew the signing was coming up.
When we got there, they had a table for us right next to the cash register. We put up a display of our books on the table. We took turns sitting, standing and wandering through the store. In whatever position, we engaged with customers, talking about books and writing in general, answering their questions about our group and our books and encouraging them to pick the books up and browse them. The signing began at 11 am. When it ended at 4 pm, we were astonished at how quickly the time had passed, and even more astonished at how many books we had sold.
Now we’re looking forward to going to their 5th Anniversary Authors’ Fair in March. More about the signing at the Southern Indiana Writers Group blog.
WRITING PROMPT: A character goes to a signing for a favorite author, who is totally unengaged with the fans. How does the character act or feel?